WR Smith Practices, Signs Contract

Posted May 8, 2015

In 2014, OSU Product’s 28.2 Yards/Reception Led the FBS

Hours after Devin Smith participated in his first practice with the Jets at rookie minicamp, the team announced that they signed their second-round pick.

Smith, taken with the fifth pick of Round 2 (No. 37 overall), averaged an FBS-best 28.2 yards/catch for Ohio State and topped the Big Ten with 12 receiving touchdowns last season. He totaled 33 receptions for 931 yards as the Buckeyes captured the national championship.

“He brings a dimension to our offense in terms of at least initially being a vertical threat and an impactful type player in that sense,” said GM Mike Maccagnan. “And he has all the skills from an athletic standpoint to – in our minds – be a very good starting caliber receiver when it’s all said and done in terms of his development.”

"He's got some new defenses to read and he's got some new offensive routes, so that will take a little time but he's a determined guy," added head coach Todd Bowles on Friday. "I'm sure he'll get it.

In 54 career collegiate games at OSU, Smith had 30 TDs and averaged 20.7 yards a reception. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer called Smith “one of the best gunners in college football.”

“I think I have versatility, not just on offense but on special teams as well. I was a gunner on punt coverage and I feel that I was very, very effective on that unit," Smith said. "I feel I can do it all, inside and outside and also produce on special teams as well."


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